LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 
 
Toby Lerner Ansin
  As Founder of Miami City Ballet, Toby Lerner Ansin feels the Company’s future is in good hands. “Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez brings renewed vitality to the Ballet,” she says, “both through her artistic leadership and her desire for increased education and outreach initiatives, which have always been important to the Ansin Family.” Toby is excited about Lourdes’ programming for the 2013/14 season which reflects not only MCB’s Balanchine heritage, but also important contemporary choreographers, such as Wheeldon, Ratmansky, and Duato, as well as South Florida’s multi-cultural population. “With four Miami Premieres, including Polyphonia, West Side Story Suite, and the return of Don Quixote, Lourdes is extending the repertoire in dynamic new directions, while at the same time providing works with tremendous audience appeal,” she notes. Toby offers heartfelt gratitude to the community for its continued support: “our extraordinary dancers are inspired by their audiences. Every magic performance is for you.”
 
 
Edith Andre-Bjork
  Edith Andre-Bjork was born in the French Alps. She studied at the University of Aix -en-Provence and obtained a Masters Degree in English and French literature. In 1971, she came to the United States when she was awarded a Fullbright scholarship by the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Afterward, she lived mostly in the Northeast, including New Jersey, then Connecticut, where she taught French in various private schools. Edith discovered Miami City Ballet seven years ago when she moved to Florida and has not missed a performance! Since childhood, she has loved ballet and has been fascinated by it. She was very happy to discover that such an excellent company was performing at the Kravis Center.
 
 
Ana-Marie & Robert Barlick
  Ana Codina Barlick, Miami City Ballet’s board chairman and former board president, is a director of development for Codina Partners, areal estate development and investment firm based in Coral Gables. She was born and raised in Miami and has been attending MCB performances since the company's first program in 1986. Rob Barlick is originally from New York and is a vice president at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. He is also deeply committed to the arts, having served as treasurer of the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation board and as a member of the Arsht Center Endowment Investment Committee. Ana and Rob are the parents of two young children and both passionately believe in the power of the arts to inspire, uplift and improve our community.
 
 
B. Carlin Foundation
B. Carlin Foundation   The B. Carlin Foundation, Inc. was founded by B. Carlin, a significant supporter of the arts and medicine in Miami-Dade County for years. The foundation continues in the tradition of B. Carlin and supports many cultural and education activities in Miami-Dade County. The current trustees are Robert G. Breier, President; Chris Landon, President; and Gary W. Dix. The B. Carlin Foundation, like B. Carlin herself, is proud to continue to be a supporter of Miami City Ballet
 
 
Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson
  Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson are proud to support one of the world’s most important ballet companies. In Miami City Ballet’s 26-year history, the Eidsons have seen every program, often attending the same program many times to see different company members dance solo roles. As former president and chairman for nine years, Mike has enjoyed working closely with the great Edward Villella and with the dedicated ballet staff. Margaret is now proud to serve on the ballet’s Board of Governors. In addition to ballet, the Eidsons support many other non-profit organizations. Mike serves as chairman of the Adrienne Arsht Center and Margaret served on the University of Miami Medical School faculty for 25 years. Dr. Eidson and Mike Eidson underwrote an additional performance of Romeo and Juliet and the great Paul Taylor piece Promethean Fire in 2010-2011, Liturgy in 2011-2012 and are one of the underwriters of Liam Scarlett’s second world premiere in 2012-2013. They continue to look forward to every production.
 
 
Charlene & Ron Esserman
  Charlene and Ron Esserman have been strong supporters of Miami City Ballet since it began nearly 27 years ago. “We were extremely excited when Edward Villella came to Miami because we knew that he would bring a world-class ballet program to South Florida. He has even exceeded our expectations.” Mr. Esserman, a former president of Miami City Ballet, agrees with Edward Villella that no community can ever consider itself truly greatunless it makes a strong statement in the arts. Mr. and Mrs. Esserman are strong supporters of many arts and quality endeavors, including Adrienne Arsht Center, Florida Grand Opera, Coconut Grove Theatre, Actors Playhouse, Zoo Miami and many other world-class programs. Mr. Esserman has been in the automobile business for 42 years selling Acura, Honda, Kia, Nissan and Volkswagen vehicles. He has built his reputation on low prices and outstanding qualitycustomer service and satisfaction.
 
 
Florman Family Foundation
FLORMAN FAMILY
FOUNDATION
  In memory of Betty Florman, an avid lover of the ballet, the Florman Family Foundation trustees are pleased to support Miami City Ballet School. Betty was an early and enthusiastic supporter of MCB, and as the company grew, she often expressed an interest in the future of young dancers. As a long-time Floridian who moved here with her husband, Marv, Betty rejoiced in the cultural life of her adopted community and in cultural opportunities for young people. Betty would be pleased to celebrate Miami City Ballet’s 27th season.
 
 
Freed of London
  The moment Moira Shearer danced across the screen in a pair of pointe shoes designed by Frederick Freed for the film classic, “The Red Shoes,” the legend of Freed of London was born. Since then, more legendary dancers have worn Freed’s than any other brand of pointe shoes — and no wonder. For 80 years, each and every pair of Freed of London ballet shoes has been made by hand, utilizing our exclusive “turn shoe” method. In an age of speedy, machined production, Freed still relies on its hand-crafted, time-intensive production process. Why? Because at Freed of London, we understand that creating and developing the greatest dancers begins with providing the greatest footwear. As the official shoe provider to Miami City Ballet and audition tour sponsor for Miami City Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Program, we take pride in knowing that we have a hand in this great company’s success — as well as a foot or two. www.FreedUSA.com
 
 
Michele & Lawrence Herbert
  Michele Herbert’s passion for dancing was nurtured during her ballet studies at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. She worked as a dancer, actress and TV talk show host, and appeared onstage in “The Sunshine Boys.” Michele has worked for several philanthropic causes, including New York Center for Children, the School ofAmerican Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Alzheimer’s Association and IADAF. Her husband, Lawrence Herbert, the creator and former CEO of Pantone, Inc., has received SAB’s Corporate Leadership Award for his steadfast commitment to dance. As lead sponsors for Ballet for Young People at the Kravis Center, the Herberts underwrote two performances of Carnival of the Animals — one of which will provide waived admission for children with special needs in Palm BeachCounty. Michele is excited to receive a Career Transition for Dancers’ Award for her outstanding contributions to dance and serve as a co-chair for MCB’s Disco & Diamonds gala at The Breakers during the ballet’s 27th season.
 
 
Darla & John Karlton
  “Thank you, Miami City Ballet, for 27 years of beautiful and breathtaking ballet. We are looking forward to the future!” Darla and John Karlton happily reside in Bal Harbour, Florida, during the winter and spend their summers in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Mrs. Karlton studies ballet and, at one time, worked in New York for the Richard Rodgers Organization. Mr. Karlton, who completed his graduate studies at New York University, is the chairman of a national real estate investment company. Mrs. Karlton is on the board of Miami City Ballet. Now in its 27thyear, Miami City Ballet has emerged as one of the top ballet companies in America. The Karltons have an ongoing commitment to support Miami City Ballet in its endeavors to maintain world-class ballet for all generations.
 
 
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.
 
 
R. Kirk Landon & Pamela Garrison
  R. Kirk Landon, former chairman and CEO of American Bankers Insurance Group, has been a generous donor to the South Florida community for many years. In his new occupation as philanthropist, he is the president of The Kirk Foundation and The Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation. In addition, he serves on theboard of Community Partnership for Homeless. His philanthropic goal is to make South Florida more world class through his contributions to arts and education. A generous friend of Miami City Ballet for several years, Mr. Landon is a member of the ballet’s board of governors and is proud to support the company during its 27th season.
 
 
Audrey Love Foundation
  A beloved and admired friend to many in the artistic community, Audrey B. Love is greatly missed. As a dedicated and lifelong patron of the arts, she was one of the earliest patrons of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Association in New York. Mrs. Love was a benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and an Honorary Director at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. The French Legion of Honor was presented to Mrs. Love in December 1989. Mrs. Love was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, and during World War II, she served as President of the American Women’s Voluntary Services for seven years. While residing in Florida, Mrs. Love was a benefactor of the Lowe Art Museum and the Art Museum at Florida International University. Most recently, in 2002, pieces from her collection of Georgian silver were given a special showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Audrey Love Charitable Foundation continues to support her interest in the performing arts.
 
 
The Louis B. Mayer Foundation
  Louis B. Mayer Foundation was founded in 1947 by Louis B. Mayer, the Head of Production at MGM from its inception in 1924 until 1950.  It has supported a variety of educational, scientific and artistic activities, with a current focus on leading-edge medical research, film preservation and dance.  L. Jeffrey Selznick, a grandson of Louis B. Mayer, was the President of the Foundation from 1989 until his death in 1997.  The current Trustees are Robert A. Gottlieb, President, Carol Farkas and Elliot R. Cattarulla.  Recently supported projects include the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the preservation of Janet Gaynor's films, including a national tour of the preserved works; and cancer research by leading scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mount Sinai Medical Center.  The foundation has been a proud supporter of Miami City Ballet since 2001.
 
 
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
  The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The department directs the Art in Public Places program and its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the county’s art collection. The department also manages the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. The department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Children’s Trust, the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Arts Council, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, South Florida Cultural Consortium and Tourist Development Council.
 
 
Rose Miniaci
  The charitable heart of Rose Miniaci is legendary. She supports a multitude of philanthropic, educational, cultural and charitable organizations and institutions. With a special focus on children’s education, she continually extends opportunities to students to excel in life and to pursue what many of them think is an impossible dream. The scholarships she awards each year have assisted thousands of students of all ages in reaching their goals. Her gifts to NOVA Southeastern University and St. Thomas University have contributed to building the Alfred & Rose Miniaci Performing Arts Auditorium and the Miniaci Lead Now Program. Rose’s commitment and dedication to assist others is prevalent in her life, as she says, “I do what I can.” In recent years, Rose has become an avid supporter of Miami City Ballet and appreciates having one of the premier ballet companies of the U.S. right here in South Florida.
 
 
Harriet & Henry Pownall
Pownall_1325799828.jpg   Harriet and Henry Pownall are long-time residents of Broward County. After retirement, the Pownalls began to study ballroom dance and ballet; they were especially enamored of Edward Villella's The Neighborhood Ballroom. Their appreciation and support of Miami City Ballet grew from there. "We were excited and humbled to sponsor two Twlyla Tharp works — the amazing ‘The Golden Section’ and company premiere of the delightful Baker's Dozen. Last season we were co-underwriters of the World Premiere of Symphonic Dances, aspectacular major new work by the brilliant Alexei Ratmansky. We hope everyone will enjoy it this season in Program III. It is our desire to contribute a diverse repertoire to the artistic future of the exceptional Miami City Ballet and to inspire a younger generation to support this terrific company."
 
 
Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca
  The Rocas' deep devotion to Miami City Ballet has made an impact from Jewels to Giselle, to the home of the company in Miami Beach: the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center.  Dedicated in honor of these great philanthropists, the 63,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility is an affirmation of Miami City Ballet's artistic leadership and organizational stability.  Part-time residents of Miami, Mr. and Mrs. Roca are based in Santo Domingo where J.J. Roca provides airline services in the Dominican Republic.  In addition to their ballet interests, Mrs. Roca has worked with Mother Teresa, helping children worldwide.  The Rocas share their love of the ballet with their two daughters, Janette and Janel and their grandsons.  The Rocas are proud to support Miami City Ballet during its 27th season.
 
 
Shubert Foundation
  A Tribute to Audrey B. Love • A beloved and admired friend to many in the artistic community, Audrey B. Love is greatly missed. As a dedicated and lifelong patron of the arts, she was one of the earliest patrons of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Association in New York. Mrs. Love was a benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and an Honorary Director at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. The French Legion of Honor was presented to Mrs. Love in December 1989. Mrs. Love was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, and during World War II, she served as President of the American Women’s Voluntary Services for seven years. While residing in Florida, Mrs. Love was a benefactor of the Lowe Art Museum and the Art Museum at Florida International University. Most recently, in 2002, pieces from her collection of Georgian silver were given a special showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Audrey Love Charitable Foundation continues to support her interest in the performing arts.
 
 
YoungArts Foundation
  The National YoungArts Foundation, formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, identifies and supports the next generation of talented young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. Since 1981, YoungArts has supported more than 16,000 young artists with life-changing performance and exhibition opportunities, workshops and master classes, and has awarded more than $6 million in monetary awards and facilitated in excess of $100 million in scholarships. Additionally, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors. YoungArts alumni have gone on tobecome leaders in their fields. For more information, visit www.youngarts.org.